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A breathtaking exhibition of works by Basquiat and Warhol opens in New York


Alina Prikhodko

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From November 1 to January 7, the Brant Foundation at 421 East 6th Street in the East Village is hosting an exhibition of works by Basquiat and Warhol, reports Time-out. The event was named “Basquiat x Warhol” - a hint that brilliant artists not only worked together on the exhibits of the exhibition, they complemented each other’s masterpieces, their talents seemed to be multiplied by each other.

The exhibition “Basquiat x Warhol” was created by the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris and reflects the unique collaboration between Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat, two figures who defined the art scene in the 1980s.

Tickets for the “Basquiat x Warhol” exhibition can be purchased here.

The exhibition showcases the wide range of works that both artists have worked on over the years. In particular, the famous “Ten Punching Bags (Last Supper)” and “Felix the Cat”.

Some of the paintings created by Warhol and Basquiat in the 80s were first presented to the public at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery in New York in 1985. At that time, the exhibition did not receive the desired response in the press, which effectively forced the artists to stop collaborating. With the new exhibition, its organizers want to correct this injustice and show that the results of collaboration between two geniuses deserve recognition.

Relationship between Warhol and Basquiat

The artists first met in 1982, when gallery owner Bruno Bischofberger invited Basquiat to Warhol’s famous “Factory”. They took a photo together, and just a couple of hours later, Basquiat created a double portrait inspired by this acquaintance.

In 1984, the artists began their official collaboration, as a result of which they created about 160 paintings together.

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“Meeting almost every day, the duo worked on several monumental canvases simultaneously, from early morning until evening,” the press release says. “This passionate exchange of energy is reflected in their paintings, which illustrate an intense yet complementary collaboration.”

As the artists themselves explained at one time, one of them began work on the canvas and applied his drawing to it. Then the other one would add something to the canvas in his recognizable style.

The results of these efforts can now be seen at the Brant Foundation. Do not miss!

This is how a similar exhibition took place in Paris

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